Take a look at these must-have butterfly books for 2nd grade that your students will adore!
Butterfly Books for 2nd Grade
Butterflies are such a great example to use to demonstrate a variety of science concepts taught in 2nd grade. My students are always fascinated to learn about the butterfly’s life cycle during our Life Cycles science unit! Butterflies are also pollinators, so they’re relevant when we’re discussing plants in science class as well.
I love to have some awesome butterfly books for 2nd grade on hand during these science units to use as read alouds and for students to read independently. I’ve compiled this list of my top must-have butterfly books for 2nd grade. I hope you find them as useful as I do!
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Read Aloud Butterfly Books for 2nd Grade
Are You a Butterfly? (Backyard Books)
by Judy Allen
This book is an absolutely adorable read aloud for 2nd grade! It presents the information from the perspective of the caterpillar/butterfly, which makes the story much more engaging for my students. I love that the text is fun, but still gives a ton of important facts about butterflies.
Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar
by Clare Jarrett
In this super cute rhyming tale, a little girl befriends and cares for a caterpillar. She feeds him and watches him grow until he suddenly disappears into a chrysalis and later transforms into a butterfly. Students will love the vibrant illustrations, poetic language, and fun story that this read aloud book presents!
Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly
by Victoria Kann
My students adore Pinkalicious! When Ms. Penny brings in caterpillars for the class, Pinkalicious befriends one and watches as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly. This book is perfect for a read aloud during a Life Cycles science unit! I like to read it after my students learn a little about the butterfly life cycle. Then I ask questions throughout the book about what Pinkalicious is observing.
My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies
by Tish Rabe
The Cat in the Hat is a crowd favorite with students, so this is one of the favorite butterfly books for 2nd grade in my class! The first part of the book describes the life cycle of butterflies and the second part gives details about how they see, eat, and avoid predators. As you might expect with The Cat in the Hat, this text also has a TON of rhyming. Perfect opportunity for ELA connections!
Waiting for Wings
by Lois Ehlert
Go on a journey with four common species of butterflies as they transform from a tiny egg, to a caterpillar, and ultimately to a beautiful butterfly. What makes this book one of my favorite butterfly books for 2nd grade is its fun rhyming. It’s a really lovely read aloud book to complement science lessons about life cycles!
Butterfly Life Cycle Books for 2nd Grade
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
by Laura Marsh
National Geographic readers are awesome, and this is no exception! This book teaches young readers the steps a caterpillar has to take in order to become a butterfly. With skilled writing and fun vibrant pictures, this independent reading book is sure to capture the attention of young kids learning about the butterfly life cycle!
A Butterfly’s Life (Time for Kids)
by Dona Herweck Rice
This Time for Kids book uses simple, yet informative text to tell readers about the key parts of the butterfly life cycle. The images are vivid and amazing for keeping kids engaged and interested! It’s a great independent or guided reading book for 1st and 2nd grade students to enjoy.
A Butterfly’s Life Cycle
by Mary R. Dunn
Here’s another excellent independent reading option for young students learning about the butterfly life cycle! I love that the text is separated into different clear sections to help students better understand each step of the life cycle process. It also has critical thinking questions at the end, which is a great added bonus!
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
by Bobbie Kalman
Looking for more monarch-focused books? Check out this text, which will teach children all about the life cycle and migration of monarch butterflies. It has excellent details and some more advanced vocabulary, so it’s a terrific option for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders!
Life Cycle Of Butterflies for Kids 2nd Grade Science Edition
by Baby Professor
Young readers will learn a ton of enriching life cycle vocabulary terms in this butterfly book for 2nd grade! This text also includes some truly incredible close-up images of each stage of the butterfly’s life cycle.
La vida de una mariposa (A Butterfly’s Life) (Spanish Version)
by Dona Herweck Rice
I’m a huge fan of incorporating Spanish books into my classroom library for my ELLs and bilingual students, so I love that this Time for Kids text is available in a Spanish version! It includes all of the same educational text and vivid images–just in Spanish.
A Butterfly’s Life (Watch It Grow)
by Nancy Dickmann
This book is from the “Watch It Grow” series, and it’s a great independent reading option to teach emergent readers about the butterfly life cycle. The information in the text is separated into sections with headings to make it easier for young readers to digest what they’re learning.
Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
by Loree Griffin Burns
Have you ever heard of a butterfly farm? Take a look into one of Costa Rica’s in this book! This book is an excellent resource for learning more about a butterfly’s needs as well as its life cycle. It tells the unique story of butterflies who are raised carefully and then released into nature or sent to The Museum of Science in Boston. Extremely fascinating for children and adults!
A Butterfly Is Patient
by Dianna Aston
Using beautiful illustrations and vibrant vocabulary, this book teaches young readers some seriously interesting facts about butterflies. The fact that it shows and labels pictures of a variety of butterfly species makes it stand out from other butterfly books for 2nd grade!
Pollination Butterfly Books for 2nd Grade
What Is Pollination?
by Bobbie Kalman
Learn the ins and outs of pollination and pollinators in this colorful and informative book. Students will get a new perspective on the significance of insect pollinators in the growth and survival of plants. With so much detailed information, you might learn something new while you read, too!
by Jennifer Boothroyd
Students will read about an important job that butterflies have in this book–pollination! Animal Pollinators includes all of the important pollination vocabulary words, but presents the information in a clear and simple way to make it easier to understand and digest for young readers.
Experiment With Pollination
by Nadia Higgins
Get a close-up look at exactly how insects, like butterflies, pick up pollen from flowers. This book teaches readers how pollination happens, including how each part of the flower contributes to the process. It also has a neat pollen experiment you can try with students in class!
Monarch Butterfly Books for 2nd Grade
by David M. Swartz
With its creatively written text and its close-up photographs, this book is fantastic at getting students to truly visualize the butterfly life cycle. As the title suggests, it focuses on the life of the monarch butterfly. It makes for a great whole group read aloud or an independent reading book!
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
by Carol Pasternack
Watching a caterpillar transform in real time is one of the most amazing things! That’s why I love when I have the opportunity to raise monarchs in my classroom. This book is a wealth of information about monarchs, their life cycles, and how to raise them. It also includes details about the challenges monarchs face and how we can help to keep them safe in today’s world.
by Gail Gibbons
Filled with gorgeous illustrations and helpful diagrams, this book is packed with information about monarch butterflies and their migration. In addition to discussing the monarch’s life cycle and migration, the author details their food, their predators, and how children can help monarchs in nature.
The Journey of a Butterfly
by Carolyn Scrace
Using beautiful artwork and clear, simple text, this book teaches young readers about the life cycle and migrations of monarch butterflies. The reading level makes this text a good option for independent reading in 2nd grade.
I hope these must-have butterfly books for 2nd grade make a great addition to your classroom library.
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